The Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce helped spread seasonal joy during this year’s Small Business Saturday with mince pie and mulled wine stalls in the High Street and Wey Hill shopping areas.

A key part of the Chamber’s plans to boost footfall and encourage local people to support local retailers in the run-up to Christmas, the stalls proved to be popular with shoppers during the day, with over 180 cups of mulled wine and more than 200 mince pies, kindly donated by our local Waitrose,  given away, along with litres of apple juice for children and non-drinkers. Local MP Jeremy Hunt and Town Mayor Cllr John Robini both turned out to show their backing for the town and serve cups of festive cheer.

Chamber President Craig McGowan said: “COVID-19 has hit our traders hard, so it was fantastic to see so many people out and about and shopping local. Our thanks to everyone who got involved to make this happen and to our MP and Mayor for their guest appearances.”

Peter Jones, owner of independent sports retailer, the Sports Locker said: “Speaking to many of our customers on Saturday, they thought the town looked really festive and enjoyed the Christmas refreshments. It’s one to repeat next year. I’m pleased to say we had a really good trading day too which shows that people are choosing to stay safe and shop local.”

The Chamber also raised more than £180 in donations for local boy, William (Wills) Rios who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and urgently needs a new wheelchair.

Small Business Saturday was just the start of the Chamber’s festive plans. A shopping ’advent calendar’ featuring a raft of special offers from local retailers and a £50 reward voucher prize draw have been launched. Shoppers can enter the draw after making six purchases in local businesses and on receiving a total of six stamps on their reward card. Cards can be deposited at the West Street Post Office for entry into the draw with the winner getting a voucher to spend at any Haslemere outlet. The prize draw will take place on 21st December. Cards and stickers will be presented to customers on their first purchase in participating shops.

Photo: From left to right: Caroline Warrington, Chamber Treasurer, Cllr John Robini – Mayor, Mrs Jacquie Keen – Lady Mayoress, Chris Boobyer, Chamber Committee member, Brenda Roper, Chamber Committee member

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